Mike Bowen

Mike Bowen
University of South Florida


Professor Michael (Mike) Bowen earned an A.B. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1971. After several years of work as a financial analyst, a Regional Sales Manager, and eventual self-employment as a manufacturers’ agent, he returned to school for an MBA at the University of Detroit in 1981. His coursework, and experiences as the student representative to the university’s Board of Trustees, there led him to pursue a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (Minor Area: Strategic Management) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Upon graduation from Illinois, he joined the faculty of the Management Department at the University of Notre Dame (1985-1994).

Since moving to Florida in the Summer of 1994, Professor Bowen helped develop a three-course leadership sequence in the MBA program; taught Strategic Management, Strategic Planning, Marketing Management, and Systems Thinking; and has co-founded the Leadership Development Center, the Leadership House (residence hall) on the USF campus, and the Undergraduate, MBA and Florida Intercollegiate Business Case Competitions held at the USF Muma College of Business (MCOB). He was voted an Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award for the College of Business and University for the 2003-2004 academic year. He was elected as a MCOB representative to the USF Faculty Senate, Spring, 2006 -2009, served on the USF General Education Council (2008-2011), the USF SACS Leadership team, the USF Student Success team, including the “positive learning environment” faculty learning community, the USF Athletics Council, and many other department, college and University-level committees.

In 2011, he was also elected to serve as one of two COIA representatives from the Big East Athletic Conference, now the American Athletics Conference, on the COIA National Steering Committee. He was elected to the position of national COIA Co-Chair in 2012, and then Chair, 2013 – 2017.

Professor Bowen has published numerous scholarly articles, chapters, reviews, and cases in the management, psychology, small business/entrepreneurship, accountability, system dynamics, and business ethics, literatures. He is now semi-active as a consultant to the business community, has served on several corporate boards of directors, has been a reviewer for a number of journals, and was Associate Editor (Book and Media Reviews) for the academic journal Organizational Analysis.